Since we’ve been on a break from homeschool this summer I’ve realized a couple of things:
- This break was needed
- I don’t want to work 18 hour days or anything close to it
From January to June there was a whirlwind of activity between homeschooling, my part-time job, writing and towards the end, podcasting too.
Now that homeschooling has died down and my mornings are instead filled with track runs, PokemonGo walks and just being able to take my time, I realize how much I enjoy the peacefulness of life.
A Lesson from an Accident
A couple of years ago, I was driving through an intersection and a woman from a sidestreet darted out last second and ran into the side of my car. Luckily, I saw her coming out of the corner of my eye and spun my car around making the impact minimal.
Afterward, we had pulled over, got out and assessed the damages. When I asked her what happened, she said she was in a rush to get to the bus stop and didn’t take the time to look. Needless to say, she missed the bus.
We exchanged our information, filed a police report and she later mailed me a check for the damages.
For the weeks following the accident, I took my time more.
I don’t want to rush through life.
When I started writing back in January, I was working much harder than I am now. I’m not even sure I was accomplishing more. I just felt like I had to “go, go, go” in order to reach my goals and while hard work is a crucial part of attaining success, I realized it is also important for me to stop and smell the roses.
What’s in front of me is just as important as where I’m going. If I rush through everything with blinders on, there’s bound to be an accident.
So I’ve slowed down and found a balance. I’m more productive with the time I set aside for work and I try to work and play hard every day.
What’s life if I don’t stop and smell the roses?
Thank you for reading!